Billboards and Roadside Controls

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Federal Role In Roadside Protection

New steam has been put into an old controversy by the gigantic program of road construction authorized by Congress last year. It has to do with the use of land abutting the highways for advertising signs and commercial structures which may despoil the landscape, reduce traffic capacity of the roadway, and add to the hazards of driving.

The Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 contemplates the completion within 13 years of a 41,000-mile network of unobstructed super-roads linking major population centers. Congress authorized federal appropriations of $26 billion for the interstate system alone, designed to cover 90 per cent of the total construction cost, and an additional $2.5 billion of federal aid for other roads.1 Now the question is raised whether ...

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